The War On Pearly Whites – Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening products are a hot commodity these days, but at Dentists R Us we want to ensure our clients understand the various types of whiteners on the market. Knowledge is power, and maintaining your oral health is our prerogative.

We can all appreciate the healthy appearance of white teeth. They look healthier and you can appear younger with the appropriate glow to your smile.

Teeth naturally darken with age, and the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the use of tobacco products, drinking red wine or coffee, and eating colour-heavy foods that alter the surface colour of your teeth.

Keep in mind that – skin tone also has an affect on the appearance of how white your teeth appear. Independent of the real colour of their teeth, people with darker skin or even a tan, will look like they have whiter teeth.

Stark white is what you want to steer clear of, as it appears “off” and also could alter the health of your teeth. With that in mind, we have created a list below on various ways in which people can whiten their teeth, falling into two main categories – surface whiteners and “deep clean” bleaches.

Surface Whiteners

Surface whiteners remove surface stains on your individual teeth. These mild teeth-whiteners are often advertised in toothpastes or chewing gums. Because the special abrasives in these whitening products are usually only finer versions of what is used in regular toothpastes, they are unlikely to cause damage to your enamel. However, the effectiveness of these products is limited to surface stains, and should not be used as a substitute for professional products, or in-office whitening treatments.


A bleaching product is a peroxide-based solution of some kind, and is actually capable of altering the colour of your teeth. Keep in mind that not all tooth discolourations respond to bleaching, so having a conversation with your dentist about what might work best for you is ideal. Especially if you have had fillings, root canal treatments or crowns.

The bleaching solutions you purchase outside of a professional environment could ruin your dental work. So again – always consult a professional for these deep stain removal procedures.

At Dentists R Us, we want to keep your smile bright, while ensuring your health is maintained and dental work is preserved. We are always happy to help, and answer any questions you might have. Until then …keep smiling!

Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | 604.568.2211

Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | 604.514.6499

Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.5222

Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.1110

New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | 604.525.1116